Johan Mojica emerged unharmed from the mess he had gotten into after allegedly insulting a referee.
The Appeal Committee withdrew this Monday the two sanction matches with which it had sanctioned the Colombian player from Elche after his expulsion against Valencia, the Elche club reported.
Mojica had been punished with two games after being sent off with a direct red card in the last minutes of the last game he played for, according to the minutes, calling Ortiz Arias a “son of a bitch”.
The club, however, showed with images and with the report of a judicial expert expert in facial language that the Colombian did not say that expression, but “fuck the whore, man”. Phrase that is not used in Colombian jargon, but could still be adopted after so many years in Spanish territory.
After being sanctioned with two matches by Competition, the club presented an appeal to the Appeal on Monday in which it requested the annulment of any sanction and of the red one when it was shown that it did not insult the referee.
So that, the sports disciplinary body has decided to annul the sanction considering that the expression “does not constitute contempt or disregard for the referee, so the revocation of the sanction is appropriate”. The appeal, therefore, decides to “annul the two-match ban” imposed on Mojica, as well as the accessory fines for the player and the club.
The left back, who is preparing with Colombia for the match against Venezuela, decisive for qualifying for the World Cup, will be able to play next day against Athletic Club in Bilbao.